[Kyushu 100] Nagasaki Gourmet Spot Top 20
“Kyushu 100” is the project to introduce the fascinations of 100 spots representing Kyushu chosen by traveler’s review. In order to let you know more fascination of Kyushu beyond 100 spots, we introduce the spots for “Eat” ,”Play” and “Stay” of 7 prefectures in ranking order.
Champon noodles, Sara-udon fried noodles and Castella sponge cake are famous, but that’s not all Nagasaki has to offer. Sasebo, a naval base city, is known for Sasebo burgers and lemon steaks. Shimabara Peninsula and Iki Island have a variety of local dishes and snacks. Nagasaki has a wealth of good food for every palate, both Japanese and foreign, regardless of old or new. Here, we will introduce gourmet spots in Nagasaki in the order of popularity.
Garçon Ken (Nagasaki City)
This is a casual bistro located in Dejima. Visitors can see Western-style houses of Dejima from the window to experience unique exoticism of Nagasaki. Be it a reasonable lunch or an intimate dinner overlooking illuminations of Dejima, Garçon Ken is highly recommended.
Osakaya Hamamachiten (Nagasaki City)
This is a high-end Korean barbecue restaurant serving A5-rank (synonymous to the best-quality) Kuroge Wagyu beef. You can enjoy their first-rate lean or marbled meat to your heart’s content. They also offer more affordable all-you-can-eat courses.
Char-Grilled Yakitori Torimasa Ebisu (Nagasaki City)
Each skewer of chicken is carefully grilled over charcoal fire. The interior is subtle and elegant, unlike many Yakitori restaurants. You can choose to be seated at the counter or in a private room with a sunken floor (for the comfort of your legs), depending on your mood.
As for a price indication, we had to pay 3500 yen for two persons. We only had water to drink, some rice with miso soup and about 8 pieces of yakitori each. Review from NHI1977
#4 Sasebo Burger Log Kit (Sasebo City)
Log Kit’s juicy hamburger comes with a 100% beef patty. Here you can enjoy real flavor of America. Their most popular Special Burger is about 15cm in diameter, weighing about 500g. Its volume is simply awesome.
#5 Hikari no Resturant (Nagasaki City)
This restaurant is located at the top of Mt. Inasa 333m above the sea level. You can enjoy dining here overlooking the night view of Nagasaki which is considered as one of Three Major Night Views of Japan. They have a full range of local menu items such as Champon noodles and Sara-udon fried noodles.
#6 Eyama Kouzanro Uragami (Nagasaki City)
Located on the riverside of Uragami River, Kouzanro is a long-established leading Chinese restaurant in Nagasaki. Their signature Champon comes with a full-bodied broth extracted from chicken bones. That, combined with other ingredients, will give you a wonderfully rich harmonious taste.
#7 Steak Salon Asakura (Sasebo City)
Try their lemon steak, a Sasebo specialty. It is a beef steak that comes with soy-based lemon sauce. Asakura’s lemon steak sauce, designed to give a refreshingly light taste to the meat, is truly superb.
#8 Fukusaya (Nagasaki City)
This is the main store/factory of the famous chain of Castella bakeries. They continue to bake Castella cake in accordance with the traditional method. It is hand-mixed (no mixers) by skilled bakers, moist, soft and puffy…a true delight.
#9 Iwanaga Baijuken (Nagasaki City)
This is another long-standing Japanese confectioner, known for their unique Moshio-gusa made from Gyuhi (rice-flour confection) and kelp and for the ginger-flavored dry confectionery Kangiku. Their hand-crafted Nagasaki Castella is moist and doughy. It is so popular that it is hard to obtain.
#10 Umeshima (Iki City)
Umeshima serves meat dishes prepared with Iki beef raised with tender loving care at its own ranch. True to the pedigree, Iki beef is tender and marbled. Please enjoy its full-flavored rich taste.
#11 Iwasakihonpo (Nagasaki City)
They are famous for Nagasaki Kakuni Manju (Chinese-style pork belly braised over a long time in tasty soup stock, sandwiched in a soft bun) that almost melts in your mouth. It makes a perfect souvenir from Nagasaki.
#12 Himematsuya (Shimabara City)
Himematsuya is said to be the originator of Gu-zouni (a soup dish containing rice cakes and other ingredients), eaten in the New Year in Shimabara Peninsula. At this restaurant, you can enjoy Gu-zouni with as many as 13 local ingredients including Chinese cabbage, fish cake, conger eel and more.
#13 Shimabara Mizuyashiki (Shimabara City)
This is an attractive old-fashioned teahouse using a half Japanese-, half Western-style house built in the Meiji period. Here you can enjoy Shimabara’s specialty sweets such as Kanzarashi (rice-flour dumplings in sweet cold syrup) overlooking a beautiful natural spring pond.
#14 Kagetsu (Nagasaki City)
In the good old days, it used to be a restaurant in the popular entertainment district of Maruyama, now designated as a historic site by the Prefecture. Here, you can enjoy Shippoku cuisine, which is a traditional banquet menu served on a large platter, to be shared by guests. It is a combination of Japanese, Western and Chinese cuisine, unique to Nagasaki, developed in the early Edo period.
#15 Shitamachi no Youshoku Jidaiya (Sasebo City)
Lemon steak is now well known as one of Sasebo’s specialty dishes. This restaurant was opened by one of the originators of lemon steak, who is still active as its owner-chef. Make sure to sample the taste of THE originator.
#16 Gunraiken (Nagasaki City)
It is a popular Chinese restaurant always bustling with locals. Their Champon noodles and Sara-udon fried noodles – must-eats in Nagasaki – are superb. Gunraiken’s special fried rice covered with thick starchy sauce is highly recommended, too.
#17 Mike’s Tex-Mex Restaurant Sasebo (Sasebo City)
Mike’s specializes in Tex-Mex cuisine, known for items like tacos and burritos. Quesadillas – cheese and meat between two grilled tortillas – are also recommended. There are many foreign diners in the restaurant, enjoying their fare in various languages. Experience a touch of foreign atmosphere in Japan.
#18 Shooken (Nagasaki City)
This is a long-established Castella bakery founded in 1681 (1st year of Tenwa). The 8th-generation owner added chocolate that was much valued in those days to the original recipe of Castella handed down from ancestors, to create Chocolate (pronounced choh-koh-lah-teh) Castella, which is also very popular.
#19 Yossou (Nagasaki City)
Yossou is another long-standing restaurant specializing in Chawan-mushi (savory steamed egg custard) and Mushi-sushi, founded in 1866 (2nd year of Keio). Mushi-sushi is a kind of Sushi, steamed and served hot, originated in southwestern Japan. At Yossou, both Chawan-mushi and Mushi-sushi are served generously in large bowls.
#20 Tarafuku Asa (Nagasaki City)
“You can’t go wrong with seafood at Asa.” is the reputation among local diners. Here you can enjoy fresh fish caught locally in Nagasaki’s waters to your heart’s (and stomach’s) content. Whether it is Sashimi or a meticulously prepared dish, you will be impressed.
Every spot of “Kyushu 100” chosen by travelers is full of fascination. Now, let’s go and experience 100 spots chosen by travelers!
Ranking method:”Nagasaki Gourmet Spot Top 20″ was aggregated by the unique algorithm based on the review evaluations in Japanese posted during July 2015 – June 2016 in terms of Gourmet Spots in Nagasaki.